Anyway, the real reason for this (rather long) post is to "show" off all the "shoe" box creations. These swaps are a great opportunity to try out different techiniques that you might have been a little hesitant to try before. Everyone did a superb job of putting the kits together and making it fun and easy to make all these wonderful goodies.
Here we go -
This elegant tile coaster was created by Joy McHargue and was easy to make. It's a perfect example of a technique that I thought might be too difficult to try. Will definitely make more of these. Oh, almost forgot. The word that I stamped over a hole is "Amazing". Tip #1 - Position the stamping so that the holes in the tile don't cause part of the image to be lost.
This card was made by Melanie Murry and was a BIG hit. On the outside it looks like a cute, sweet card. When it is opened, up pops a bouquet of flowers. Surprise! The directions looked a little daunting, but Melanie was on hand to show us an easy way to organize and put all the pieces to the bouquet together, then get them attached to the card easily.
Terri Speer created this amazing spinner card. The cupcake is attached to two pennies and a foam dot, allowing it to roll down the channel. When you tilt the card the cupcake spins its way to the other side. How fun! And pretty too!
Terry Morrow was not able to be at the swap, but sent her creation for us to make and enjoy. Terry always makes beautiful and interesting cards. Love the paper combination from the Mayberry paper pack. Now I'm glad I ordered this paper.
Flower Soft is one of those products that I've looked at many times, almost bought some, but have backed out because it looked tricky to use. Thanks to Wanda Cincar we all had an opportunity to make this lovely card and play with Flower Soft. It really does no good to set a scrapbooking budget. Too many cool things that we can't do without.
Next up, an adorable pennant created by Janet Williams, aka Jaynut. Fun person = fun project. Janet was of those angels who had pre-cut everything. She also pre-made all the flowers, and stamped most of it. All we had to do was assemble. This year's theme for our team is "Put On A Happy Face". I plan to put this in my scrap room to remind me.